We Fall Down- The Original Version (before Donnie did it)

Ok gang, so my intention today was to write a blog about the importance of stepping outside of your normal channels, sources and styles for music and listening to other styles of Christian music.  I was going to tell you all kinds of great stuff about how African-American singers, groups and praise teams should make it a point to listen to more than Gospel artists- and vice versa for that matter.

In fact I was chatting with a friend about praise and worship on Twitter the other day about how predominantly African-American praise teams are really missing out if they don’t consider some of the absolutely beautiful worship music being produced by our Caucasian brothers and sisters in Christ.

Then I was going to share some examples of some really popular songs that have been huge hits for African-American Gospel artists, but many may not be aware that they are actually re-makes of songs originally done by Contemporary Christian artists. The point I was going to make in this blog is that often the best source for new material is great material that is already out there.

Then I thought about someone who is a master at taking existing songs from other genres, remaking or adapting them and making them his own; Donnie McClurkin. Every time I think about this in fact, I think about the song We Fall Down, which is still to date one of his biggest hits ever. But like many of the songs Donnie does, many would be surprised to know he was not the first to sing it. that’s right, Donnie didn’t write that song.

So I thought, “I’ll go find the YouTube video of the original song and share it with my readers”.  That’s something I’ve been wanting to do for years, actually-share the original song- even back when I was a mobile DJ. Because I know that most African-American Christians have never heard this version and didn’t even know it existed. “They’ll be amazed at how much different Donnie’s version is, yet how much he stuck with the integrity of the original”, I thought, “and that’s the main point I’m going to try to get across in this blog. I’ll come up with a list of 5 ways to remake a song blah blah blah”.

Yup, I was thinking very analytically, formulating my thoughts, getting my outline together in my head. I was good do go, and completely composed. Until I found the original song on Youtube. You see I hadn’t heard the original myself in a while, and I’d forgotten a few things. The song was released so long ago in fact, that it took some digging to find it. But once I heard it again everything else I’d planned to do in this blog went out the window. Another time, perhaps.

Today though, please stop everything you’re doing and listen to the original version of We Fall Down, by Bob Carlisle.

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13 Responses to We Fall Down- The Original Version (before Donnie did it)

  1. I believe that we can find blessings when we open up our minds to new things. When get out of our own way and preconceived notions a whole new world can be opened to us.

  2. Olga Hermans says:

    We are so much people of habits; we love it when things are the same so we feel we have it all under control. But the fact is when we don’t allow other styles of music or different ways of looking at things, we fall back and are not moving forward.

  3. You had me at “African-American praise teams are really missing out if they don’t consider some of the absolutely beautiful worship music being produced by our Caucasian brothers and sisters in Christ.” I can’t tell you how many times my family has said this at church! LOL In a predominantly African-American-led praise team, you tend to only hear a certain style of music. We are a family that loves SO many types of music, it’s nice when it’s changed up a bit – especially since God isn’t stuck on just one style either 🙂

    • Ron says:

      Absolutely Jessica. I think sometimes music departments just don’t really think to consider other types. We all have our normal channels and stations and we just tend to listen to whatever they’re playing. that’s why it’s good to turn that dial once in a while.

  4. My business coach tells us all the time that great writers read as much as they write. I can only imagine it’s just as important for great musicians to listen to as much music as they can… and like you say so well, to listen outside your normal channels.

    This is a great article, Ron… a good reminder to all of us… and a FUN one! I love all kinds of music 🙂

  5. Brian says:

    Thanks for this reminder Coach! I don’t like the ‘White’ versions of these songs, and I’m a White guy! LOL!!!

  6. Penny says:

    Beautiful, just beautiful!

  7. Alyce Harris says:

    Oohhh, that was good! I’m blessed to experience worship across cultures as normal. When the spirit is in it, it’s all real! Didn’t know Donny did a cover of that one though. Good call!

  8. Matthew Reed says:

    There is so much to be said to broadening the places to where you go for inspiration.
    Since launching my new podcast, I have been seeking out new music, blogs and books to listen to and read each week. I am a MUCH richer person for it. Thanks for the encouragement Ron.

    • Ron says:

      You’re so right Matthew. That’s the case with anything. The main reason I love music so much is because my father exposed me to so many kinds even as a child. We listened to everything when I was with him.

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